What do the city’s foremost social columnist, a Haida artist and a leading molecular diagnostic scientist have in common? A proud record of accomplishments and activism in British Columbia’s HIV/AIDS community.
Fred Lee, William Flett and Noushin Moshgabadi respectively, along with 32 other individuals and organizations will be honoured for their work at Positive Living BC’s biennial awards gala, AccolAIDS. Other nominees include well-known advocate Kecia Larkin, event producer Dean Thullner, philanthropist John Pedersen, and activist Susan Bhatti.
“This year’s nominees represent a variety of ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities; in other words, a cross-section of the kinds of exceptional individuals and organizations we encounter every day in the HIV community. We are grateful to them all,” says Val Nicholson, Chair of Positive Living BC.
Awards are presented in a number of categories including philanthropy and youth awards. The Kevin Brown Positive Hero Award, which established in memory of one of Positive Living BC’s founding members, is presented to an individual living with HIV/AIDS who is regarded with great admiration and respect for their contributions to the AIDS movement. The winner of the People’s Choice Community Award, chosen by popular vote online, will also be handed out.
Along with the awards, the evening will feature performances by Vancouver electronic duo DESTINEAK. Along with cocktails and a gourmet dinner, both a silent and live auctions will round out the night.
Proceeds from the event will support Positive Living BC’s services and programs that help empower people living with HIV/AIDS.
“All monies that we raise through AccolAIDS will be used to enhance the quality of life of our members who are living with HIV,” says Nicholson.
AccolAIDS takes place Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Visit http://accolaids.ca for tickets and information.